Newcastle United supporters took to Twitter last night to praise the performance of Miguel Almiron during the Magpies’ match against Manchester United.
The 3-1 defeat was yet more unwelcome news for long-suffering Newcastle fans but at least the side showed some fight in the first half and were level going into the break.
The encouraging 45-minute spell was epitomised by Almiron and his efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the Toon army.
Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter:
Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin were arguably the only two Newcastle players to leave Old Trafford with their credibility intact.
There was optimism at half-time after Saint-Maximin struck a sweet volley shortly before the interval to cancel out Marcus Rashford’s near-post strike.
Almiron’s tireless endeavour and work rate gave Magpies fans something to sing about.
However, the Red Devils disrupted Newcastle’s promising tune with a few fine chords of their own.
Second-half goals from Daniel James and a Bruno Fernandes penalty ensured three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Clipping the Magpies’ wings
All hope of a Newcastle comeback was arguably lost when Bruce decided to substitute Almiron and Saint-Maximin with about ten minutes remaining.
With Joelinton already forced off through injury, the Magpies’ attacking options looked seriously light without the two flying forwards.
Not only that, Newcastle seriously ran out of pace and attacking invention following Almiron and Saint-Maximin’s departure.
Dwight Gayle and Ryan Fraser came off the bench to little effect. Andy Carroll was overlooked.
There are worrying signs for a team already missing top scorer Callum Wilson. The next on the goals scored list is Almiron, with five.
That statistic further demonstrates how important the Paraguayan’s contributions will be for the rest of the season.
Signs of improvement have been there, but that will count for nothing if Newcastle keep failing to transform promise into positive results.
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